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John Baldessari

°1931, National City, CA (US) – lives and works in Santa Monica, CA (US)

John Baldessari has been an innovative force in contemporary art redefining its parameters to include its role as a visual evocation of language, and leading the way in bringing photography to the forefront of contemporary art. Over five decades of conceptual practice he has embraced painting, photography, film, video, books, prints, objects and installation.

His use of appropriation, alteration, and montage to disrupt a narrative or to construct an entirely new meaning out of recombined fragments has been utilized in disparate ways in different bodies of works spanning his career, from early text paintings, to conceptual works and found pictures; from erased identity works of the 1980s and 90s to more recent series in the past five years in which he investigates new issues of painting.

(Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery)

Baldessari's artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions across the world. Recent solo exhibitions include Sprüth Magers Gallery, Los Angeles; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Marian Goodman Gallery, London; Garage Center of Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia) a traveling retrospective that went to Tate Modern, London; MACBA, Barcelona; LACMA, Los Angeles; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

John Baldessari is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels 

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris / London

Sprüth Magers Gallery, Berlin / London / Los Angeles

You can also see more of John Baldessari’s work in his own website